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This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
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Overview

This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
Prigmore…deploys black backgrounds, bright, popping colors and crazy layouts to give this space adventure visual excitement and madcap humor.
Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
For one brave boy, kindergarten isn’t just a grade—it’s a destination. He gets to school via rocket (one that looks suspiciously like his father’s hatchback), and considers his classmates to be aliens, including two that could be relatives of Cousin It. The boy adjusts to “zero gravity” (“We have to try hard to stay in our seats. And our hands go up a lot”), discovers that he likes space food, and freaks out during naptime: “Is the room running out of oxygen?” Prigmore’s manic digital art gives a nod to Jetsons-era cartoons, while Ganz-Schmitt’s metaphor will ring true with intrepid readers. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Jennifer Unter, the Unter Agency. (May)
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"A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Will help readers understand that kindergarten really is out of this world."--School Library Journal

"Visual excitement and madcap humor."-The New York Times

"The inventive approach of both author and artist will give anxious children a creative way of looking at their new experiences, as explorers of a new frontier."--Shelf Awareness

"The first day of class takes on the dimensions of a cosmic mission in this imaginative tale."--BookPage

"Sure to comfort and amuse many a new space traveler and the grateful teachers who will read this aloud over and over."--The Horn Book

"Planet Kindergarten is the most imaginative book I have seen about starting school."--Kid Lit Reviews

"Kindergarten isn't just a grade-it's a destination."--Publishers Weekly

"Gives anxious children a creative way of looking at their new experiences, as explorers of a new frontier."--Jenny Brown, Twenty by Jenny

"Demystifes the brave new world of kindergarten, making this mission a stellar success."--School Library Journal Curriculum Connections

"Both kids and parents will delight in the cheerful exuberance of Prigmore's style!" -Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-14
A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten.In an imaginative ruse that's maintained through the whole book, a young astronaut prepares for his mission to Planet Kindergarten. On liftoff day (a space shuttle-themed calendar counts down the days; a stopwatch, the minutes), the small family boards their rocket ship (depicted in the illustrations as the family car), and "the boosters fire." They orbit base camp while looking for a docking place. "I am assigned to my commander, capsule, and crewmates." Though he's afraid, he stands tall and is brave (not just once, either—the escape hatch beckons, but NASA's saying gets him through: "FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION"). Parents will certainly chuckle along with this one, but kindergarten teachers' stomach muscles will ache: "[G]ravity works differently here. We have to try hard to stay in our seats. And our hands go up a lot." Prigmore's digital illustrations are the perfect complement to the tongue-in-cheek text. Bold colors, sharp lines and a retro-space style play up the theme. The intrepid explorer's crewmates are a motley assortment of "aliens"—among them are a kid in a hoodie with the laces pulled so tight that only a nose and mouth are visible; a plump kid with a bluish cast to his skin; and a pinkish girl with a toothpick-thin neck and huge bug eyes.Sure to assuage the fears of all astronauts bound for similar missions. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
PreS-K— A child bids farewell to his parents (who are sent back to their own planets) and begins his first mission on Planet Kindergarten. He is joined by intergalactic aliens, all reporting to a commander whose desk is littered with apples. The gravitational field is different: "We have to try hard to stay in our seats. And our hands go up a lot." Projects include exploration outside the capsule, keeping logs, and, most challenging of all, extended rest time. "Abort mission," the homesick space traveler thinks. Then he remembers what's said at NASA: "Failure is not an option." Before he knows it, he's in splashdown—back home— and training for his next mission. Ganz-Schmitt exhibits a fine mix of sensitivity and pizzazz in approaching the challenges that children face. With the help of Prigmore's superpowered animation-style illustrations, she offers a story that will help readers understand that kindergarten really is out of this world.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452118932
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 78,625
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Ganz-Schmitt produces children's musical theater and is passionate about helping children and families globally. She lives in a rural mountain community near Los Angeles.

Shane Prigmore is an accomplished professional in the animation, film, and children's book industries. He is the Annie Award–winning character designer of the stop-motion feature film Coraline. Shane studied at the California Institute of the Arts and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I LOVED this book! It¿s all about a kid pretending to go on a sp

    I LOVED this book! It’s all about a kid pretending to go on a space mission to a strange new world – Planet Kindergarten! This is an awesome book to add to your back-to-school list. If you are a kindergarten or pre-school teacher or if you have kids that are going to start kindergarten, I recommend this book. Starting school or going somewhere different can be pretty scary. I love how Ms. Ganz-Schmitt uses imagination and pretend play to help her character overcome his fears. It is great how Ms. Ganz-Schmitt relates everything that happens (or could happen) on the first day of kindergarten to a space adventure. For example when the boy meets the “Commander” she tells everyone how gravity works different on Planet Kindergarten and everyone must work really hard to stay in their seats – funny! :) The book shows that starting kindergarten can be scary but it is a fabulous and fun adventure too. Shane Prigmore’s illustrations are perfect for the story.
    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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